Last week, ScoutInsight launched a flash poll to better understand how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the military-connected community. Over the weekend, nearly 200 individuals, including veterans, service members, military family members and caregivers, participated in the survey. Below are our findings:
- 27.22% of respondents said that they are slightly, moderately or extremely likely to experience food insecurity (such as lack of access to school lunch meals, inability to find necessary household items, etc.) as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- 40.56% of respondents said that they are slightly, moderately or extremely likely to experience income disruptions (such as reduced work hours, furloughed, unemployment, etc.) as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- 27.78% of respondents said they have a health condition that makes them high-risk for COVID-19.
- Of those respondents, 49.18% say the health condition is service-connected.
- Of those who identified as a spouse, caregiver and/or child of a current or former service member, 27.45% said their service member or veteran has a service-connected health condition that makes them high-risk for contracting COVID-19.
- 46.93% of respondents say their mental health has been affected by social isolation.
- 65.36% of respondents said they are slightly, moderately or extremely likely to experience disruptions to mental and/or physical health care access as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- 84.7% of respondents say their and/or an immediate family member’s education has been disrupted due to COVID-19.
- 32.56% of respondents are concerned about completing their degree within GI Bill parameters.
- When asked whether or not respondents agree with the statement, “The United States federal government is taking proper measures in handling the COVID-19 pandemic,”
- 34.37% agree (slightly agree, agree and extremely agree)
- 60.67% disagree (slightly disagree, disagree and extremely disagree)
- When asked whether or not respondents agree with the statement, “My state government is taking proper measures in handling the COVID-19 pandemic,”
- 73.60% agree (slightly agree, agree and extremely agree)
- 21.91% disagree (slightly disagree, disagree and extremely disagree)
Community Resources and Events:
- Vets4Warriors is a 24/7 peer support network with a mission to ensure that all veterans, service members, their families and caregivers always have direct and immediate access to a peer who is dedicated to listening, understanding and providing support to those in need. They have worked through contingency plans to ensure that their 24/7 peer support will continue to be available throughout the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. Contact them by calling 1-855-838-8255 or by visiting Vets4Warriors.com.
- The Department of Veterans Affairs’ FAQ serves as a resource for what Veterans need to know about the novel Coronavirus, including information for veterans who may require treatment for COVID-19, access to emergency care or need prescriptions refilled.
- Soldiers’ Angels is continuing to provide regular food assistance to at-risk and homeless veterans through their Veteran Mobile Food Distribution program in multiple cities, and plans to maintain the program throughout the duration of the pandemic. Soldiers’ Angels has also started a Cards of Support Mission with the dual purpose of sending cards to deployed service members and supporting the organization’s emergency pandemic support programs. Learn about all of their virtual volunteer opportunities here!
- For nearly ten years, ScoutComms’ ScoutReport has been a trusted and comprehensive source of news in the military-connected community. Sign up here to receive the weekly e-newsletter that reports the latest events and issues that impact our community.
Keep a lookout for virtual events you can participate in – here are just a couple of the many virtual community opportunities:
- HillVets and the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management are offering a Virtual Happy Hour Series: Networking Tips While Social Distancing on April 2.
- The Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP) will be presenting a Virtual Comedy Show on April 3.
If you haven’t already, sign up for the Veterans Research Network – a unique online research community of veterans, service members, military family members and caregivers. Register to be part of this network for future surveys, polls and focus groups on issues that matter and help shape impactful programs for our community.